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Thursday, September 28, 2023


Cougars get swept for second time in conference

UCF defeated UH 7-5 to complete the three game sweep and take control of first place on Sunday afternoon at the UCF Softball Complex. For the Cougars (29-19, 11-7), it was their seventh consecutive conference loss after beginning the season with 11 straight American Athletic Conference wins. The series was UH’s final road conference tilt and propelled UCF to 36-15 and 12-3.

Game 3: UCF 7, UH 5

UCF’s Mackenzie Audas earned her second win of the weekend after throwing a complete game and improving her record to 17-10 for the year.

The Cougars struck the scoreboard first by scoring a run in the second inning on the first of two four-pitch walks handed to senior catcher Haley Outon.

UCF answered with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to make it even at 1-1 before UH stretched its lead to 4-1 during the next two innings.

Game 2: UCF 7, UH 2

UCF took the second game 7-2, scoring all seven runs in the final four innings.

UH held a brief 1-0 lead coming in the third inning from sophomore Selena Hernandez’s infield single. Junior outfielder Tiffani McKnight reached on a single and then stole second base, resulting in the Knights’ third error of the inning, which allowed Hernandez to take home.

Game 1: UCF 7, UH 1

UCF went ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning and held on to the lead for the remainder of the game to hand UH its seventh straight conference loss.

The Knights outhit the Cougars 17-3 in the game, striking for a season-high total for themselves and dealing a season-high against UH. The 17 hits ranks as the second-most in program history while the UH offense was limited to its second-lowest total of the season.

The Cougars had a single hit through the first six innings before junior infielder Kayla Holland and senior catcher Haley Outon both reached safely in the seventh. Outon notched a double and came around to score on the Knights’ third error of the seventh to give the Cougars their only run of the game.

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